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I lose lens caps all the time.
Now it happened again.

In searching for a new one, I found this thing — a lens cap and hood in one.
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/KiWAV-Hoocap-2in1-lens-hood-cap-77mm-for-Sigma-50mm-F2-8-EX-DG-Macro/352688257822?epid=1655988614&hash=item521ddbbb1e:g:hBUAAOSwT8Fc~ehD

I have no doubt it will fit, but what "scares" me is the list of lenses it works with. Some are crop lenses but one is a 24-70 mm full frame. Does that mean this will not shade my 50 mm lens as much as the stock lens cap?

Looking at the specs it only lists the horizontal shades as 37 mm, while the stock lens cap to my Sigma 50 mm 1.4 DG Art is about 43-44 mm. How much difference will those mm make in image quality?

I'm quite sure the quality is not on par with my expectations but I'm willing to give it a try if I don't loose too much contrast due to the loss in shading.


Since @Huecos answer has lots of good points I will answer them here.

  • I always have the hood on since it acts as protection.
  • I remove the lens cap when I put on a lens or when I start shooting for the day and then leave it off.
  • I'm not too worried about the front element, and I stopped using UV filters when I understood what crap they are (long time ago).
  • The problem is that I generally don't bring my gear bag. I can't bring it since I have two kids and there is lots of other things to bring.
  • So generally I put one extra lens in the nursing bag or below the stroller. In an ideal world it would be no problems with keeping them there without lens caps, but my spouse has a (bad) habit of putting her keys next to my lenses and my three year old picked up a new hobby recently — collecting rocks.

I can't even remember when I last time had a place to put my gear that was not mixed with other essentials needed for the kids.

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... my spouse has a (bad) habit of putting her keys next to my lenses and my three year old picked up a new hobby recently. Collecting rocks.

Some options to consider:

  • Use step up rings so that you can use the same lens caps with all your lenses. This would prevent you from having any unattached caps to lose.

  • Use neoprene pouches. While they are potentially extra items to lose, the risk is reduced if you bring only enough to cover the lenses that are not attached to your camera.

  • Clip a small drawstring bag to the stroller to put miscellaneous items, such as lens caps and your spouse's keys.

  • Encourage your spouse to carry a purse, in which she can place her keys. The kids may also need to start carrying their own bags or backpacks. Only allow them to take rocks they can carry themselves.

  • Bring only one lens with you, attached to the camera. You are in the center of the target market for travel zooms.

  • Buy caps in bulk, so it won't matter if you lose a few.

... [the hood] doesn't make any difference. I still keep the hood on as protection. – Andreas

If hoods make no difference, it won't matter which one you use. As long as it doesn't introduce vignetting, you won't notice any difference in image quality, which is what your question was about. However, a shorter hood would offer less "protection", which would be compensated with the built-in cap. The only way to know whether it's adequate for your needs is to try it.

How much difference will those mm make in image quality?

The only way for you to know is to try. The effect lens hoods have depends on the specific lenses you use them with. For instance, lenses with good coatings benefit less than lenses with poor coatings. Since Sigma Art lenses seem to be well regarded, I'd expect their coatings to be good and hoods to be less beneficial.

To test your lens, find a scene you think would benefit from a hood. Photograph it with your camera on a tripod, with and without hood. That will let you know the range of results you can expect. If you can't tell the difference, the hood is unnecessary.

I don't even bother with hoods on my best lenses because I see no difference in test images taken under harsh conditions. I don't bother with caps either because I've found images taken with lens caps to be unacceptable.

  • Sigma 50 mm 1.4 DG Art – Andreas Jul 1 at 14:25
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    I don't bother with caps either because I've found images taken with lens caps to be unacceptable. Yep. They tend to be very dark – Andreas Jul 1 at 15:13
  • +1 for that last sentence alone – Hueco Jul 1 at 16:37
  • I will try if the hood makes any difference, but really it doesn't make any difference. I still keep the hood on as protection. So even if there is no difference, there is still a difference in protection – Andreas Jul 1 at 18:24
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    Lens caps can be useful. Whenever I forgot to take mine off while taking group photos, I always made a point of getting the next shot in while my subjects were falling about laughing. Nothing beats preparation, except for serendipity. – Mick Jul 1 at 18:26
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This seems like one of those things designed by an overzealous inventor who just got into photography but hasn't been around long enough to learn:

  • Lens caps make decent coasters. But really, mine sit on the lens when the lens is shelved and are removed prior to a gig. As xiota said, shots with lens caps on are unacceptable. The front element of your lens is a lot more solid than you think. Also, keep your bag packed properly and there's nothing rattling around to hit a lens while it's stored anyway. There's nothing this can protect that a hood can't while outside of the bag.
  • Hoods provide ample drop and table-banging protection and help out when needed by helping cut ghosting, reflections, and glare (oh my!). The ideal hood is one that covers up to the angle of view for the lens. I wonder if this item is sacrificing on this aspect in order to fit more lenses?

I also wonder about things that are needlessly complex without being over-engineered to make up for the complexity. The hinge on this seems like the kind of weak spot that would survive one bad bump. Similar to how a UV filter can shatter and actually scratch your front element, I wonder if the hinge on this would actually break in a fall and shove the plastic into the element - resulting in worse damage than if it never would have been there in the first place?

The lever to engage rotation looks like I'd snap it off if I gave it too hard a yank in the moment.

If you're really worried about protection - simply leave the lens hood on full time. I'd pass on this though.

  • I agree with a lot in your answer. Also see my "answer" to some of your points in my question. But yes it's probably over engineered. I tried finding a review or something about the cap/hood but nothing. All I found was two videos showing that the hinge did not work as expected. That is normal. People generally only go public with their opinions if they are bad. But you have a good point that the hinge could break and actually damage the lens. Good point. Will have to think about this. – Andreas Jul 1 at 18:21
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I would worry that the above solution would interfere with the lens, and of course you would need one for each lens you own, increasing costs even more. While I simply pocket my lens cover these days, previously I used a simple lanyard-type tether: lens cap tether

If you are not familiar with this: the little disc has sticky tape that sticks to the lens cap, and the elastic band goes around the lens. This is proven to work, and I had them on all my lens caps back in my film days...never lost a lens cap. They will eventually lose their stretch, but at USD $1.99 ea you can buy 20 to last a lifetime, and still not spend as much as the above solution.

  • I guess this doesn't work with lens caps that are pinched from the middle, such as the new Canon lens caps? The little disc might be larger than the non-moving parts in the middle of a pinch-type lens cap. – juhist Jul 3 at 13:15

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